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The Next America - Politics 2012 / POLITICS

Diverse Faces of GOP's Young Guns--PICTURES

June 1, 2012

The newest crop of the National Republican Congressional Committee's "Young Guns," a group of rising politicians, includes several diverse names and backgrounds. The group includes two women, an openly gay man, an Indian-American and a Jewish American.

The newest crop of "Young Guns," from left: Andy Barr, Richard Tisei, Randy Altschuler, Mia Love, David Valadao, Matt Doheny, Tony Strickland, Jackie Walorski, Jason Plummer, Keith Rothfus, and Ricky Gill.(Chet Susslin)

Randy Altschuler will face off against fellow GOP George Dimos and incumbent Democrat Rep. Tim Bishop for New York's District 1 seat. Altschuler, who is Jewish American, narrowly lost to Bishop in the 2010 race. If elected, Altschuler would bring to two the number of Jewish Republicans in the House.(Screenshot from Randy Altschuler's campaign video, "Stop This Travesty")

Indian-American Ricky Gill, a 25-year-old law student, is challenging Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif.. Gill is considered a top contender for defeating the District 11 incumbent, an area from Stockton to San Jose.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)


If Mia Love wins her battle against incumbent Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, she would be the first black Republican woman--ever--in Congress. The Morman politician credits much of her values to her parents, both from Haiti.(Screenshot from Mia Love's campaign video, "Give Back")

Richard Tisei (right) seeks to unseat Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., in District 6, which spans much of southeast coastal Massachusetts. Tisei, who is openly gay, is now a state senator. In 2010, he was on the gubernatorial ticket.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Jackie Walorski lost her 2010 bid for a House seat against incumbent Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., but she is expected to be a strong contender in District 2, which spans a swath of central Indiana from South Bend to Kokomo.(Marty Friend)

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